Not so long ago, Summerville was a small southern town, where the homes in the historic district had big porches, big lots and big trees.Our client grew up in one of these homes and when his parents retired, he and his wife took over the Big House, and built a small cottage on the same property for his parents to move into. Now it is time for one of their children, the third generation, to take over the Big House, and for them to move into the cottage.
The cottage was originally built in the 1980’s, with very little understanding about the physical needs of an elderly couple, or how to provide good air quality in a home. The rooms were on the small side, especially the bathrooms and all the doors were too narrow. There was extensive mold visible and the crawl space was very damp.
The most important goal for our design was to accommodate the needs this couple might face over time…wide doors for easy maneuvering with a walker, large bathrooms so a caregiver can easily assist, low maintenance finishes, and adequate lighting over counters and in all of the rooms.
Our second goal was to design a home that would support the life style for this active, engaged couple…we needed a dining room big enough to seat the family at Thanksgiving, a dedicated place to play bridge, a large sewing room for the wife and a writing nook for the husband, and a porch to sit and enjoy the view.